Peterborough food store gets fresh new look with £74k makeover after proving a lifeline to community during pandemic

Posted by james brindle | Published: 28/06/2021

A community food store in Peterborough where colleagues have been going above and beyond to support locals during these uncertain times has been given a fresh new look following an investment of almost £74,000.

The Central England Co-op in Columbus Road, Hempsted has received a raft of updates to give it a fresher, lighter feel and to include several new ranges and features to boost its offering to the local community.

This follows the store’s colleagues working around the clock to ensure vulnerable people across the community have continued to have access to vital food and essentials through the Coronavirus pandemic.

The community food store has been undergoing a makeover in recent weeks with changes including:

  • An updated product range to better reflect customers’ requirements
  • New internal signage and decoration including a refreshed kiosk area
  • New features such as a new Costa Coffee Machine and a Tango Ice Blast Machine (to be installed soon)

Store Manager Jordan Rolf said: “The team are really excited about having this investment in the store – they have been on the frontline during the pandemic and have worked so hard, so this has been a real boost.

“We have had some great feedback already from our customers – because of the pandemic more and more people in our community wanted to stay closer to home when they shopped, and it has been great to be able to thank them for their support as well by making these improvements to the shopping experience and offering new features and ranges.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience while the work has been completed but I hope they agree with us that it has been worth it.”

The Hempsted Food Store is open every day 7am-10pm. The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and also offers a lifesaving defibrillator, cash machine, Collect Plus/Paypoint, Lottery, instore bakery and a customer car park.


Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

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